Long Bright River by Liz Moore

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don’t speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling.

Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey’s district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit–and her sister–before it’s too late.

Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters’ childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.

Before diving into the review, I’ve got to say that the main character of this book has the most interesting job!! Kate CI feel like I am in the minority with this 3 star review. Long Bright River has so much praise and I found it drawn-out and mediocre. 

Liz Moore did a geatd job realistically portraying addiction and the brutality of it. The main character was kind and likeable. The overall plot was decent but several topics were beat upon until I found myself skimming those sections when they resurfaced for the 558903th time. There was so much of the main character reflecting that the book just druuuugggg on and on. At a certain point, I felt like there was too much down time in between that I often struggled to pick the book back up. If it could be trimmed up to be a little more fast-paced, I think it would go from “meh” to a decent read.


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The provided summary of Long Bright River can be found here

★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.

Book 12/50 for 2020

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